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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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April 19
Opening of New Exhibit
Gangsters and Tunnels: Prohibition in Douglas County
Lower Level, General Crook House Museum

We are proud to open our latest exhibit, entitled Gangster and Tunnels: Prohibition in Douglas County. Come learn about some of the notorious characters who helped shape Douglas County in the early 20th Century. Call 402-455-9990 for more information or to book a tour. The exhibit will run through Spring 2016.

 

April 28
Page From Our Past, 5:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) will feature author James Potter’s book Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867 at our April 28th Page from Our Past author event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction. A Page from Our Past is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.

James Potter is a senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. He is the co-editor, with Edith Robbins, of Marching with the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary.

From a pool of barely nine thousand men of military age, Nebraska—still a territory at the time—sent more than three thousand soldiers to the Civil War. They fought and died for the Union cause, were wounded, taken prisoner, and in some cases deserted. But Nebraska’s military contribution is only one part of the more complex and interesting story that James E. Potter tells in Standing Firmly by the Flag, the first book to fully explore Nebraska’s involvement in the Civil War and the war’s involvement in Nebraska’s evolution from territory to thirty-seventh state on March 1, 1867.

This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the books! Get your copy today! 

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.

May 7
Annual Standing Bear Commemoration
Banished: Nebraska Tribes and
the Indian Removal Act
5:30 PM - Reception at General Crook House
7 PM - Discussion and Talk Back Panel at Swanson Conference Center

Douglas County Historical Society recognizes the anniversary of the Standing Bear Trial by examining the forced displacement of mid-19th century American Plains tribes in our annual tribute, Banished: Nebraska Tribes and the Indian Removal Act.

Kent Blansett, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will be our featured guest speaker of the evening. His major areas of research and teaching include American Indian History and Western American History.  Blansett is a descendant of five Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi.

To conclude this discussion, representatives from the Ponca, Winnebago, Santee Sioux, and Omaha tribes have been invited to participate in a talk back panel.

Prior to this featured event, the public is invited to join us at the Crook House Museum at 5:30 for a Frontier meal, and entertainment provided by the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe.  At 7:00 we move next door to the Swanson Conference Center for a musical performance by Michael Murphy playing the Native American flute, followed by Professor Blansett’s presentation and talk back panel.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited.  Please contact Douglas County Historical Society at 402.455.9990, or email us at members@douglascohistory.org.